This article is from the archives of the UB Reporter.

Construction Update

Published: February 3, 2005

University Facilities currently has 252 projects of all types at various stages of planning, design or construction, including 119 active renovation projects under way. There are several capital construction and maintenance and repair projects under way as well. The following list highlights some of the major projects.

Completed Projects:

  • The installation of new synthetic turf is complete in the old UB stadium.

  • The second phase of a major rehab that will upgrade laboratories for the Center for Computational Biophysics is complete in Cary Hall.

  • New exterior landscaping and furniture has been placed at various North and South Campus locations.

  • The Counseling Office in Richmond Quad has been renovated.

  • Architectural and mechanical renovations to research facilities are complete in the Research Institute for Addictions.

  • Public space painting on the North and South campuses, including crossover bridges, fire hydrants, interior lobbies and hallways, and the exteriors of Parker Hall, Acheson Annex, Hayes Annex A & B and Diefendorf Annex was completed last summer.

  • A number of infrastructure renewal projects were completed. These included upgrades to building systems, HVAC, plumbing, electrical systems, roofing and masonry repairs.

Ongoing Projects:

  • The construction of the addition to Jacobs Hall for the School of Management is expected to be completed this March. The addition will house offices, three lecture halls and public gathering space.

  • The replacement of the curtain wall for Allen Hall is in design. This project also includes renovation of the heating system. Construction is expected to begin this year.

  • The Buffalo Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences in the Buffalo Life Sciences Complex near Roswell Park Cancer Institute is under construction, with completion expected in Spring of 2006.

  • An energy services company (ChevronTexaco Energy Services) has been selected to perform energy-conservation measures on the South Campus. A detailed energy audit is complete. The implementation phase is expected to begin this summer.

  • A major renovation of the steam tunnel system under the South Campus is nearing the end of the design process. The first phase of construction is scheduled for this summer.

  • Several rehabs were completed in Hayes and Crosby halls for the School of Architecture and Planning. Additional projects are being planned for construction this summer.

  • A renovation of the fifth floor of O'Brian Hall to renew space for Law School programs and activities is in design. The project is scheduled for construction this summer/fall.

  • The New York State Department of Transportation and the City of Buffalo reconstruction of Main Street project between Bailey and Hertel avenues will continue through this spring, summer and fall. Improvements include revisions to the Kenmore Avenue-Main Street intersection, new entrances to the Main/Bailey and NFTA parking lots, timed traffic lights during rush hours, and safer pedestrian crossings.

  • Bids have been received for the Goodyear Hall dining room renovation project, with construction to take place this summer.

  • Design is nearly complete for the O'Brian Hall exterior wall repair project; construction is scheduled for this summer.

  • Design for the repair of the Hayes Hall cornice is nearing completion, with construction scheduled for this summer.

  • Design is nearly complete for the repair of the skylight in Katharine Cornell Theatre, with construction to take place this summer.

New Projects:

  • A new project will relocate the fiber-optic network from the South Campus steam tunnels during this spring/summer.

  • New synthetic turf will be installed in UB Stadium.

  • The following classroom improvements and E-Tech upgrades are planned for this summer: Diefendorf 146 and Wende 114 will receive new seating, painting, carpeting, acoustic treatments and E-Tech; and Clemens 204, Baldy 105, 107 and 111, Fillmore 325 and 354 will receive E-Tech upgrades.

  • A project to upgrade the primary electrical service to the South Campus is in design.

  • Capital funding will produce a feasibility study to investigate storm water and sanitary sewer issues on the South Campus.

  • A Capital-funded paving project will take place this summer on selected roadways and parking lots.

  • A Capital-funded design project is under way for new air-handling units in Cooke and Hochstetter halls and Millard Fillmore Academic Center in Ellicott Complex.

  • A number of new infrastructure renewal projects are being planned to upgrade/replace building systems, HVAC, plumbing, electrical, roofing and masonry.